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If you work a 9-5, the weekend is your cherished time to escape from behind your desk and get out and explore.

We’re right there with you. Camping to us is all about getting away from it all, and spending as many nights as we can under the stars.

But when you’ve got a busy life, making time to plan a camping trip is harder than it sounds.

That’s exactly why we love roof top tents, and it’s why we started Roofnest. A roof top tent is a convenient bed-on-wheels that’s ready to roll whenever you get the urge to drive away from everyday life and get some R&R in nature.

Roofnest’s hard shell roof top tents take the convenience and comfort of car top tent camping to the next level. Our tents pop up in under a minute, are durable and waterproof, and come with a comfortable built-in mattress. So you can get the best of the outdoors without sacrificing a good night’s sleep.

But there’s even more reasons you need a Roofnest than just convenience, ease, and comfort. Here are the top 9 reasons you should buy a roof top tent.

1. You Can Live the #VanLife Without Actually Living in a Van

When you search #vanlife on Instagram, you’ll see thousands of beautiful photos of people living picturesque lives in super stylish vans. They’re parked on a beach. There’s a campfire, and a surfboard, and a cute dog. We’ve got to admit, it’s pretty tempting.

But let’s face it: Not all of us are lucky enough to get to drive around the world in a van, waking up to a new locale each day. The full-time van life just isn’t an option for everyone.

With a roof top tent, your car is automatically transformed into a bedroom on wheels, so you can live the #vanlife when you want, without actually living in a van.

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2. Elevated Camping Keeps Pests Out

Being elevated is the name of the game when it comes to camping. Staying off the ground means there’s less of a chance of encountering a snake in your tent, waking up to a spider crawling on you, or other unwanted and sometimes even downright dangerous encounters with critters.

With a Roofnest roof top tent, you sleep at a safe and elevated height, removed from the pests that can make sleeping on the ground uncomfortable at best, and dangerous at worst.

3. Roof Top Tents are More Comfortable

No matter what sleeping pad you buy for your camping setup, it’s never going to be as comfortable as a real mattress. When it’s time to get some shuteye in your Roofnest, you’ll enjoy the comfort of a high-density foam mattress that’s built right into the tent. Zero setup necessary.

Combine that with your tent’s thick, weatherproof walls, and you’ll almost forget you’re camping. And when the temperatures drop at night, sleeping off the ground will keep you much warmer.

After a long day exploring the Great Outdoors, a Roofnest is your ticket to a good night’s sleep.
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4. Roofnest Hard Shell Roof Top Tents Set Up in Under 60 Seconds

Tearing out of work on a Friday afternoon to get that perfect camp spot before the weekend rush?

With a regular tent, the scenario might look a lot like this: Pulling up to a campsite after dark, putting your head lamp on, finding a flat spot, rolling out your tent, setting up the poles, staking down your tent, attach the rain flap, unrolling your bedding, and hoping you didn’t just put your tent on top of a bunch of rocks.

A roof top tent presents a much more attractive alternative. Get to your campsite, pop up your Roofnest in one minute, and kick back by the campfire. We’ll let you decide which sounds better.

5. No Wasted Time Packing a Tent

With a Roofnest, you’re always ready to head out on your next adventure. You don’t have to dig out your tent and sleeping bags, only to realize you forgot the poles once you’re already 2 hours down the road.

During the camp season, your roof top tent can always be on top of your car, and most models let you keep your sleeping bags stowed neatly inside.

Leave the worry about where you’ll sleep behind — your basecamp is always with you. A Roofnest allows you to get out and explore more often and more easily.

6. Camp in Comfort During Cold Weather

If you’re in the mountains or other cooler areas, the camping season can be short and sweet. It can start late thanks to rain and hail in May, or be cut short by unexpected snowstorms in September.

That is, unless, you camp in a Roofnest.

With a Roofnest roof top tent’s fiberglass shell and insulated, weatherproof side walls, you can comfortably camp in the rain or snow. Throw in a Roofnest down blanket and our Ptarmigan insulation system, and you’ll stay extra warm no matter what Mother Nature throws down.

That means you can extend your camping season well beyond summer, and get a whole lot more use out of your Roofnest versus a traditional tent. More use equals more value.

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7. More Room for Your Gear

We know you can always use more room for your gear. Bikes, kayaks, crash pads, skis — the list goes on.

Sometimes your outdoor adventures can be limited by the amount of room (or lack thereof) in your car.

A roof top tent lives on top of your car, which means you don’t have a tent cluttering up your precious cargo space. And with most of our tent models, you can store all your bedding inside your Roofnest, which frees up even more space.

And if you opt for our Falcon roof top tent, you can put crossbars on top of the tent itself. Not only will you have more room inside your vehicle, but you can mount gear up top as well. It’s the best of both worlds.

Did we mention you can also put solar panels on top of your Roofnest? Check it out:

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8. Roofnests are Aerodynamic and Fuel-Efficient

With the sleek and strong design of a Roofnest, you get better fuel-efficiency than with other roof top tents. And Roofnests are designed to be durable and weatherproof, so there’s no reason you can’t keep it on top of your car year-round.

You never know when an impromptu camping opportunity might present itself. Stay prepared.

If you’re not keen on winter camping, a Roofnest is easy to take off your vehicle. At the end of your camping season, unmount it from your ride and store for winter. When spring starts to spring, set it back up and you’re ready to roll.

9. Become Part of the Roofnest Flock

When you buy a Roofnest, you get so much more than a roof top tent. You become a part of the Roofnest Flock, our community of Roofnest owners.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts who will answer questions, share amazing trail trips, and inspire you to keep exploring.

You might even run into a fellow member of the Flock on your next outing. New friends? We’ll never say no to that.

Take a Closer Look at Our Roof Top Tents

When you look at a roof top tent vs. a ground tent, there’s just no comparison.

Super fast set up. Durable hard shell design. Extremely comfortable built-in mattress. That’s just a few of the things that make a Roofnest the best roof top tent out there.

Every single one of our roof top tent models make for an evolved camping experience over traditional tents. And each of our unique models offers something special, from the super easy-to-use Sparrow EYE to the extra room inside the Condor XL.

If you need even more reasons to elevate your camping with a Roofnest, take a dive into each of our roof top tents and find the one that speaks to you.

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